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Welcome to BBC Points West with Alex Lovell and David Garmston.
a politician with the wind in his sails.
No, no, I'm never going to answer any questions from you.
when asked about his involvement with a possible wind farm.
I've been trying to find out whether the Ukip deputy chairman had not
been telling the truth. The fantasy life of
a highly paid health boss, he lied about
his qualifications. How clean is the air we all breathe?
Is there anything we can do about it, stay tuned to find out more.
the deer trapped on the allotments, but they're not short of food.
The BBC can reveal the deputy chairman of Ukip lied publicly
about his part in a proposed wind farm.
was personally involved in negotiating a deal
which could have earned his family ?100,000.
But in a television interview back in 2014, he denied any involvement.
Here's our political editor, Paul Barltrop.
It's not a subject he likes talking about.
This was May 2014, and I was trying to find out
about a wind farm proposed for land he used to own.
William Dartmouth was at the BBC for a recording
of the Sunday Politics West, during which he was questioned.
And did you know that land might be used as a wind farm?
His party is totally against onshore wind farms.
Here's how Ukip's former leader put it.
It's very, very good for rich people.
If you're a landowner and you get ?1,000 a day
for putting wind turbines on your land, isn't that great?!
To get to the truth, I went to Slaithwaite Moor in Yorkshire.
The deal to put up wind turbines on this site
was agreed in May 2011, just three months after
William Dartmouth had given ownership to a relative.
Yet it turns out negotiations over the wind farm
I met the chairman of the wind farm co-operative.
He had face-to-face meetings with William Dartmouth.
I talked to Lord Dartmouth, I went down on behalf
and he was very co-operative, keen to help us if he could.
A substantial rent would have been paid.
For this kind of area, and you know, I can't give specific details
for this one still, but you might expect
?50-100,000 per year for the sort of development you're looking at.
The revelations have been seized upon by political rivals.
It seems that there's clear evidence that Dartmouth
has behaved dishonestly, and we expect higher standards
from our elected politicians, but it also does smacks of hypocrisy
because he had these conversations about potentially benefiting
from a wind farm development in spite of the fact that that
In a statement, William Dartmouth admits his involvement.
He says his views about wind farms changed to opposing them,
but it would not have been right to let down a local co-operative.
it's not known what action he'll take.
Well, Paul joins us now in the studio.
Paul, what is likely to happen as a result of these revelations?
We heard the statement, anything else from Lord Dartmouth? One very
long statement all about the wind farm, which, as he points out, was
never in fact built, but he says that he was ambushed back in 2014
when he came to the studios and bounced into dealing with a
complicated issue extending back several years. He talks about their
having been a misunderstanding, but he doesn't say what that is. What
are the obligations for him? We have been talking to Ukip since the end
of last week, the party leader has been informed. The impression I get
is that they are waiting to see just how bad it gets, how far up this
goes, how wide the publicity actually it garners, and then they
will take a decision. They have refused to say whether the leader
will take any action, if there is disciplinary action to be taken. It
comes at a tricky time for Ukip. Very difficult time indeed, they
have that by-election in Stoke not long ago, which was a big
disappointment for Ukip, and of course we then had a leadership
contest last autumn, which was, to put it mildly, rather farcical, and
then we have elections coming up, the local elections in May, very big
test for them, and it comes against a backdrop of rather falling
membership. They know that they have got to put up a good performance in
May and they are going to show that they are a force to be reckoned with
and a permanent feature in British politics. Paul, thank you.
Police say four people were stabbed in a fight
Emergency services were called to the Analog nightclub
on Queen's Road early on Saturday morning.
Several people sustained injuries - none of them were life-threatening.
Officers are appealing for information.
A nurse has been struck off after she was found to
have accidentally caused the death of a ten-year-old girl
Phoebe Willis, who had a long-term medical condition,
died 48 hours after Carrie-Anne Nash inserted a feeding tube
at Weston General Hospital incorrectly and with force.
Nash resigned from her position in 2013.
Today, a misconduct hearing concluded that her actions fell
significantly short of the standards expected of a registered nurse.
The police have been asked to investigate allegations
described as electoral fraud in Bristol.
A former mayoral candidate is claiming
that senior officers at the city council
misled councillors prior to last year's mayoral election.
A report last month said Councillors unwittingly passed a budget in 2016
that failed to include provision for a ?29 million deficit.
The council says it has been open and transparent
The former chief executive of a hospice in Somerset
has been jailed for two years, after admitting he lied
about his qualifications to land the prestige job.
Exeter Crown Court was told Jon Andrewes
earned more than ?1 million over ten years.
Our Somerset correspondent Clinton Rogers has the story.
A pillar of local society - well respected, trusted.
But today, head down, Jon Andrewes appeared
at Exeter Crown Court exposed as a fraudster,
or as the prosecution described him, a Walter Mitty character.
For ten years from 2005, Jon Andrewes was chief executive
here at St Margaret's Hospice in Taunton.
During that time, he earned in excess of ?1 million.
But he lied about his qualifications to get this job,
and later two other senior positions within the NHS in Devon.
He even invented a PhD so he could call himself Dr Andrewes.
All untrue, and it amounted to criminal dishonesty.
Yet, in court today, his defence team described
his time at the hospice as an outstanding success.
Did you have any reason to doubt him?
say they checked his credentials at the time he was appointed.
Trustees at the time would have undertaken relevant checks,
they would have looked at his references,
they would have looked at his CV, and they would have looked
at the qualifications that he presented with,
and to all intents and purposes, they took that in good faith.
Andrewes admitted two charges of fraud
and one of obtaining financial advantage by deception.
This afternoon, a lawyer told the BBC any lie on a CV
can potentially land you in criminal hot water.
If somebody is going to rely upon that information
and give you the advantage over somebody else,
then, yes, you are potentially guilty of an offence.
As chief executive of the hospice, Andrewes shared
photo opportunities with MPs and other local dignitaries.
Tonight, though, he begins a two-year jail sentence,
"Your outwardly prestigious life was based on a lie,
You are watching BBC Points West, it is Monday evening, and Alex is back
with us! Thank you for choosing
to start your week with us. we've got lots more still
to bring you, including... Bumping along the bottom,
a bad result for Bristol Rugby, but their head coach
is still optimistic. The allotments which have come home
to two very well fed, clearly vegetarian deer, but now the plot
holders here are saying to their four-legged friends, the party is
over. Next, how clean is
the air we breathe? You might think living
here in the West, All this week,
the BBC is taking a closer look With experts saying that
in some places, it's so bad just going outside
can be harmful to our health. Laura Jones is in the thick of it
for us this evening. Laura, where are you? David, I am
right in the centre of Bristol, and it is probable in the best place to
get some fresh air next to this busy road. As you imagine, just after
rush-hour, the air quality is not great. The bad news is it is not
that great at other times either. In fact, this city, the green capital,
two years ago, is failing pretty miserably when it comes to the air
quality that we breathe in day in, day out. The rest of the West is a
bit better, Bath is pretty bad, I should add, but it really does
matter, because breathing dead here is really harmful to our health. For
people of all ages, but the people who are really suffering are our
children, with some experts saying on Sundays things are so bad in this
city that just going out to play can be harmful to their health.
School's out, and time to let off some steam.
because this afternoon this street in Bristol is closed to cars.
They try to do it once a week so that children living
Of course, closing the road means the children are safer and
there's more space for them to play, but it is also hoped that,
by doing so, the air they are breathing in whilst
This is an air-quality monitor we've brought with us
It measures how much nitrogen dioxide
and how many minute particles there are in the air.
Will closing the road make a difference? I'm curious to see what
the monitor says, I don't know, but I imagine there should be a
difference. Even closing the road for an hour makes people think about
whether aren't they need to get in their car if they are just going to
the shops, do they need to get in the car? Even that is going to make
a difference with air pollution. In fact, for the two hours
this road was closed, the air was the cleanest
it had been all week. In technical terms,
there were just nine micrograms of nitrogen dioxide
per cubic metre. When it reopened, that figure
jumped to more than 50. Of course, our results are not
scientifically proven and are not conclusive, but experts are worried
about our children's health. Going outside in air pollution
when you have asthma or other chest If you want to then play,
you breathe a bit harder and breathe So both exposure
in highly polluted areas as well as activity in those areas
gives you a double hit. ARCHIVE: Fog, the longest
and thickest on record, brings Britain its darkest days
since the blackout... Over the years, the quality
of the air has changed. In some ways, it's better than it
used to, but in other ways Here in the West two of our largest
cities regularly break WHO guidelines. The levels of air
pollution in UK cities and worldwide would suggest it is a major issue,
and certainly it has a strong effect on our health, and everybody's
health, we all have to breathe air, and so, yes, I think we should
really be calling for something to be done to reduce levels of air
pollution globally and locally. As with all conflicts problems, there
are no easy answers, but what we do know from our fairly simply stick
measurements here is that even small, very localised actions can
have a big impact on the quality of the air we breathe. Laura Jones, BBC
Points West, Bristol. Well, one European city
which is beating the battle against air pollution
is the Danish capital, Copenhagen. Earlier, I spoke with
Kare Press-Kristensen, a senior advisor on air quality
with rhe Danish Ecological Council. I asked how much better
the air had become in Copenhagen. Well, we really managed
to decrease air pollution quite a bit in Copenhagen,
it's much better today So what were the main methods
that you used that perhaps like Bristol
or Bath could employ? We did several things -
we introduced district heating for all homes in Copenhagen,
we promoted bicycling, to have more and more people
using a bicycle instead of cars. And then of course we improved
public transport, and thereby we limited
the number of private cars. What was this idea that you said
about district heating? Yes, we used large plants in Denmark
producing electricity, and you can't then convert
all the energy in the biomass to electricity, lots of waste heat
is produced, and that waste heat, in Denmark, is used to heat up
houses, and thereby we managed to increase the efficiency
of our power plants So it was actually doubling
the efficiency of the power plants using district heating, and thereby
making the waste heat useful instead of just dumping
it into the sea. Interesting - there's lots
to think about, of course. When you were first introducing
some of these ideas, did you find
there was much resistance? Well, of course, in the beginning,
when you want to make a change, there's always resistance,
because people know what they've got, and they don't know
what they're going to get. But after some time, people get used
to using the bicycle, they get used to all the bicycles
in the city, and the car owners still on the streets, they realise
it's great for them as well, because when more people bike,
we have less congestion. Though it's great for the people
choosing the bicycle, free exercise, and avoiding congestion,
and there's more space for the cars, more parking space for the cars,
so everybody is actually happy. Well, obviously something
any city would strive for. Kare Press-Kristensen,
thank you for joining us. And on tonight's Inside Out West,
Seb will be looking at the quality of air in Bath, with some surprising
results, that's on BBC1 at 7:30. There is a good old discussion about
it on Facebook as well if you want to have a look at that. Yes, do,
won't you? One of the region's most
successful breweries is making a multimillion-pound investment
in the business. St Austell Brewery, which bought
Bath Ales in Warmley last year, are planning to double the
brewing capacity at the site with Work on the Hare Brewery
will get under way in September and is hoped to have the most
technologically-advanced Bristol Rugby's chances
of avoiding relegation are looking bleak
after their defeat yesterday. says they haven't given
up hope of staying up. had given supporters a new hope
of avoiding the drop. This game was the chance
to move off the bottom. Come on, Bristol!
Come on, Bris! Two years ago,
Worcester was the scene of Bristol's painful
last-minute play-off defeat. This time, they were undone
in the first minute. A player sin binned
and a penalty try conceded By half-time,
Worcester had scored three more. The second half was better,
as Bristol closed the gap - But even that was extinguished
by another mistake, leaving Bristol deflated
and their fans fearing the worst. It's going to be pretty tough
for them to get many points out So yeah, you do fear
they probably have. It's always possible
when we still have points, At least we know where we stand now.
Going down! We let our fans down,
and we let the supporters down. It is disappointing,
but there is no way until it is mathematically
impossible to stay up. And come the Gloucester game,
we'll be fighting for every inch. Three Bristol's remaining five games
are against title contenders. may not be enough to prevent
a return the Championship. A former plasterer from Somerset
says he's over the moon to have won the biggest fight of his new
mixed martial arts career so far. Mark Godbeer from Bridgwater scored
a unanimous judges' decision at the Ultimate Fighting
Championship 209 event in Las Vegas. There was a couple of times I could
have had the guy finished but, you know, I stayed calm, I got the win,
I took at the distance, the first fight I have been to the distance, I
got the win and I am in happy, in Vegas as well, so really happy with
that. Despite the win, Godbeer still feels
he could have done better and says he's getting straight back
into training to make improvements. 209? I'm not actually sure.
Let's return to a story we touched on last week.
Allotment holders near Bristol say they're planning to try
to help two deer that have become trapped on their plots to escape.
The animals have been stuck since a new fence was put up
Scott Ellis is at the allotments for us tonight.
Hi, Scott. Good evening, yes, there is this
eight foot high fence around the allotments here, put up as part of
the Metrobus works by the M32 just beside us, and it has trapped two
deer within the allotments. Now, Metrobus, Bristol City council, the
landowners, many groups are saying to the plot holders, leave the gates
open and the deer will leave when they want to, but the gates have
been open for quite a long time now, and it would appear the two deer are
very happy being here. The plot holders are getting a little bit
impatient, the plan is to try and remove the deer this weekend.
Strawberry plants stripped, cabbages consumed,
At first, growers didn't know what had hit them -
until this on-plot camera caught them in the act.
Everybody I knew was saying that last year was a bad year for crop
and we were going, "Why should it have been?"
It turns out we've got vandals, four-legged vandals roaming around.
They're ever so quick, and they jump bloody high too.
But catching sight of them is tricky...
It wasn't until Di the deer hunter turned up...
They kind of go around the perimeter.
..that we spotted one of them hiding in the undergrowth.
They're scared, you know, we've only got another couple of weeks,
bit of nice weather, and the place will be packed,
and they're going to become extremely stressed then.
They have tried to lead the deer out by leaving the gates open at night.
So what I've done is I've brought a load of sweetcorn,
and I've created a trail all the way out up to the road,
and what the deer have done, they've come out on the night,
ate the sweetcorn, and then come back in.
The plan now is to coax the deer into a horsebox at the weekend,
although that does go against RSPCA advice,
which is to leave the gates open at night for a while longer yet
in the hope the deer leave of their own accord.
Well, Steve is a conservation is too is going to oversee the operation at
the weekend, how are you going to remove the deer? Well, the plan is
to set up a horse box and bundling system, to try to coach the deer
into the back of the horsebox with the allotment holders and a few
other people, and hopefully to move them out. It goes against the advice
of Metrobus, the City Council, the RSPCA, they all say that the deer
could be injured doing that. There is that possibility, but it will be
done and a professional guidance, but by leaving the gate open, that
hasn't made any difference. There is a good potential that they could be
a vitality on the main road. But they also say that they will try to
come back. That is a possibility, but the aim is to regroup them with
their herd. And you think the female will be pregnant? Yes, at this time
of year they are pregnant, and she will give birth in May. And she will
be more stressed? Absolutely, very stressed. It goes against the advice
from Metrobus and the City Council, and the plot thickens, because a
local MP, Kerry McCarthy, has written to the RSPCA and ask them to
evaluate the safety and welfare of the deer. Back to you.
Oh, I do feel the concern, that is a real dilemma.
I know a couple of people who have its deer in their cars, tremendous
collision. And pregnant as well. We will keep
up to date with that one. Just before we go to Sara
with the weather, we have to tell you about something
in tomorrow night's programme. As part of our Points West 60
anniversary, we've been working with Britain's last Dambuster,
George "Johnny" Johnson looking into the role he played
in the most famous bombing raid We asked the journalist
and broadcaster Michael Buerk to find out about the man
behind the headlines. Tomorrow, I'll be here in Germany
at the Sorpesee with Johnny Johnson as he recounts the night he had that
dam in his sights. It is the most incredible story.
It is, a beautiful film that Michael is made for us, and we have an
interview with them that we will show tomorrow.
Let's go to the weather, how are you, Sara?
Very well, we saw some sunshine today, a lovely Weather Watchers
picture to sum it up, but I start the globe with everything on it,
because no two days are exactly the same this week, all of it in the
forecast. A beautiful picture from the Weather Watchers, showing we had
a bit of spring sunshine at times. But a mixed bag of a forecast in the
wake of that sunshine, a chilly nights to come, chilly start
tomorrow, milder from Wednesday, you will notice the difference, but it
does not necessarily equate to sunshine, there will be cloud and
rain around. We have a couple of showers around just now at the
moment, they are fizzling out, pulling away nicely. Behind that, a
ridge of high pressure building intrigues us dry and settled
overnight, but it will lead to a chilly night. Once the showers are
cleared away, clear skies. Breezy early on, the winds back row start
to ease away, allowing temperatures to come down, and we will see lose
close to freezing. With the frost tomorrow morning, some sunshine,
should be a really pleasant start, the ridge of high pressure with us
for a time before the next frontal system comes in. A warm weather
front, milder air, temperatures rise tomorrow night with some rain. These
sunshine to start us off, quite springlike despite being on the
chilly side, pleasant sunshine, late afternoon onwards the rain will
start to spelling, quite a bit of it, the wind is picking up as well.
In advance of the rain, temperatures in single figures, but as it comes
through, it will lift the temperatures. You can see a tangle
of France behind it, so the warmth does not necessarily equate to
sunshine. -- fronts. That rain overnight into the start of things
on Wednesday, we start at ten or 11 degrees on Wednesday, 12-14dC on
Wednesday afternoon, feeling a bit milder at the end of the week.
I was off last week, a bit of a staycation, and it was just wind and
rain. But it is March! Right, there is an
update for you at ten, otherwise we will see you again tomorrow. Don't
forget inside Out West in half an hour's time.
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